YPC Epistle VIII – June 2013


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Youth Program Coordinator Epistle VIII – June 2013

Liaisons, Clerks, and Representatives: Please distribute this epistle widely. Consider reading it aloud at Meeting for Business and/or including it in your newsletter. Thanks!

SCQM Youth, Spring 2013: "Apples to Apples" game at the park
SCQM Youth, Spring Quarter 2013
Sacramento Adult Ally Worskhop 2013
Sacramento Adult Ally Workshop, April 2013

Dear Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends,

Spring in PYM-land has been a busy time for the Youth Program: working with the Quarterly Meetings’ teen programs and clerks’ committees, conducting Adult Ally/ FAP Workshops in Sacramento and Santa Monica, visiting Monthly Meetings, and collaborating with many committees and officers to prepare the upcoming annual session.

Santa Monica Adult Ally Workshop 2013
Santa Monica Adult Ally Workshop, April 2013

Looking forward, summer is the big season for youth camps and annual session – registration is open and financial support is available, just ask! See the attached or online calendar for details.


We are pleased to report the success of our first-ever Spring Youth Service Camp, a collaboration of our PYM Youth Program, Quaker Oaks Farm, the PYM Unity with Nature Committee, and the Wukchumni People of the Visalia area.

The camp was hosted at Quaker Oaks Farm and the adjacent Visalia Meetinghouse during the week leading up to Easter. Twelve young people participated—4 Friends, 5 Wukchumni, and 3 Oaxacan/Mixtec—along with over a dozen adults from 8 PYM Meetings.

Quaker Oaks Farm Spring Youth Service Camp - March 2013
The First-Ever Quaker Oaks Farm Spring Youth Service Camp – March 2013
Gathering willow for the sweat lodge
Gathering willows for the sweat lodge

A highlight for all of us was the building of multi-cultural, multi-age relationships among us.

In particular, we received a great gift in being included in some events of the Wukchumni Tribe’s springtime new year celebrations held at the farm: rebuilding the sweat lodge, a sweat, a dance, and a baby-naming ceremony.

Working hard on the amphitheater at Quaker Oaks Farm
Building the amphitheater at Quaker Oaks Farm

In addition to forming new friendships and partnerships, we worked on building an outdoor amphitheater for Quaker Oaks Farm and on envisioning the future of the farm as a multicultural community center focused on peace, justice, and sustainability.

Practicing a Native American handgame we learned
Practicing a Native American handgame

We learned from area experts about the environmental and social history of the farm in the greater context of the San Joaquin Valley, and heard the painful, bloody story of how the land was originally stolen by European colonizers.

We learned from the current landowners (Bill and Beth Lovett, Visalia Meeting) and the Wukchumni Tribe about their ongoing relationship and land-use agreement, and the planned conversion to community ownership with governance by a representative nonprofit board.

Petting horses on the waterfall hike
Petting horses on the waterfall hike
Found object art ... and laughter!
Found-object art … and laughter!

We also toured the Kaweah Oaks Nature Preserve, took a hike to a refreshing waterfall where we met and petted horses, learned about a neighbor’s alpaca herd, and helped set up for the big Easter Breakfast, which this year was expanded to a 90th birthday party for Bill Lovett and attended by f/Friends far and wide and local.

We slept and ate at the Visalia Meetinghouse, where at mealtimes we tried each other’s different cuisines and ways of giving thanks.

Many thanks to all you volunteers, donors of food and funds, and youth and adult participants who contributed to creating this amazing experience.


Want to know more about PYM’s youth program (your youth program!!) and current issues? Much information is available online at: https://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/category/pym-docs/ypc/, and we operate a Facebook page as well: “Pacific Yearly Meeting Youth Programs.” In particular, please see these documents on the PYM site:

  • An epistle from the adults of the CPQM teen program committee, which was presented at Spring Quarter 2013, describing their ongoing journey to support and grow the CPQM’s teen program and its youth leaders.
  • The YPC Supervisory Committee’s extensive program evaluation report, presented at Representative Committee in March, thanks to substantial input from Friends via focus groups, interviews, and surveys of Meetings.
  • Minutes from Representative Committee, including:
    • ACTION MINUTE 2013.01: Representative Committee recommends to Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session that the paid Youth Program Coordinator position be continued.
    • An offer of a gift of money from Pacific Friends Outreach Society (PFOS) for an endowment “to be used as determined by the PYM Youth Program Coordinator Supervisory Committee or a successor committee, with the exception that it cannot be used for salary or wages…. ACTION MINUTE 2013.04: We ask Finance Committee to work with members of PFOS and the YPCSC to explore how we might accept and manage this gift.  We ask them to bring recommendations to the Annual Session.
  • Previous Youth Program epistles, including #7 from December 2012 and earlier that you might have missed.
CPQM Spring Quarter - Family Night
CPQM Spring Quarter Family Night: 12 hands, 1 marker, and a word to write …. ready, set, go!

We are extending our program focus more and more beyond teens to Young Adult Friends, including working with Meetings to improve in-reach and outreach to this age group. Here are a few exciting opportunities to tell young Friends about:

  • We are looking for young adults and older adults of PYM interested in creating and participating in an intergenerational gathering of service, spirit, and fellowship. Contact pym [dot] youthcoordinator [at] gmail [dot] com.
  • Young Adult Friends conference on Simplicity at Pendle Hill in June (see attached calendar for more info): www.pendlehill.org/yald
  • QuEST: Quaker Experiential Service and Training. https://www.quest-seattle.org/
  • Quaker Voluntary Service: https://www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/

Much gratitude to my welcoming hosts during recent visits to Meetings: Central Coast, Strawberry Creek, Berkeley, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Live Oak, Monterey Peninsula, Orange Grove, Orange County, and Santa Monica.

Would your Meeting or Worship Group like a visit? If so, just contact me, and we’ll work something out. Members of the Supervisory Committee are also available for consultation about the YPC program, and especially about the upcoming business at the Annual Session, i.e., the question of whether and how to continue the paid YPC position. Contact Clerk, Kate Watkins, kwatkins [at] rand [dot] org. Looking forward to seeing many of you this summer,


Alyssa Nelson, Youth Program Coordinator, Pacific Yearly Meeting
Facebook Page: “Pacific Yearly Meeting Youth Programs”

Youth Program Committee members: Cara Arcuni, Sophie Brinker, Clare Griese, Lanny Jay, Mary Klein, Steve Leeds, Jim Summers, Kate Watkins (Clerk), and Nathan Walker.


2013 Ongoing Calendar of Events (updated 6/2/13)

* Intergenerational and youth-focused activities in PYM and beyond *

Email pym.youthcoordinator [at] gmail [dot] com to have youth events included on the PYM calendar: https://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/events/


Please support teens and young adults in your area to attend events by helping them register, figure out payment and/or scholarships, and arrange transportation.

  • June 14-19, 2013 for all young adult Quakers (ages 18-35) in North America: Continuing Rev_l_tion: Be Brought Low, and Back to the Root — A Young Adult Friends Conference on Simplicity, at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA. “[The] conference [is] designed to strengthen a networked generation of awakened and effective spiritually grounded change agents. The program will include inspirational speakers, workshops and trainings, worship and worship-sharing, fellowship, discernment of gifts and ministry, service and direct action. We are calling all young adult Friends who feel a movement in our generation to create the world we believe is possible. At its core, this conference is about providing the foundational skills and training to inspire revelation –or revolution– as we strive to live into Spirit-led relationship with ourselves, our communities and the earth.” www.pendlehill.org/yald.
  • June 16-23: Woolman Family Work Camp (at Sierra Friends Center) https://woolman.org/
  • June 30-July 6: Friends General Conference (Greeley, CO) “At the Growing Edges of our Faith” https://www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering
  • Camp Woolman (Sierra Friends Center, Nevada City, CA): https://camp.woolman.org/dates-rates.

○     Teen Leadership Camp (ages 15-16), three sessions: 6/30-7/13, 7/14-27, 7/28-8/10.

○     Sierra Friends Camp (ages 9-14), six sessions between June and August.

○     Mini Camp (ages 6-9), June 27-29.

○     Quaker Camp (4th-6th grade) and Service Camp (7th-9th grade) run concurrently, June 29-July 7.

○     Peace Action Camp: outdoor adventure and nonviolent direct action for rising 10th through 12th graders, held in La Jolla, CA, July 21-27.

○     Note: Quaker Center’s annual passes can be applied to camp!

  • July, TBD (tentatively the days leading up to PYM Annual Session): The return of the Shalom/Koinonia Project, an intergenerational service, spirit, and fellowship gathering for young adults and older adults of PYM. Tentatively to be held in San Jose, CA. Contact pym.youthcoordinator [at] gmail [dot] com to get involved.
  • July 29-August 3: PYM Annual Session, Mount Madonna, Watsonville CA. Scholarships and transportation help available – just ask! https://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/
  • August 4-9: Quaker Center Family Work Camp (Ben Lomond, CA) https://www.quakercenter.org/
  • Year-Round: Quaker Center Workshops are open to Friends of all ages–a great opportunity for intergenerational learning in community– and childcare is available. Annual passes for individuals and Meetings are good for a year from date of purchase for camps and workshops. Buy two and send a youth-adult pair to each workshop!  https://www.quakercenter.org/